Teacher Induction Program (TIP)

Santa Barbara Unified School District provides teacher induction programs to our employees who hold preliminary single subject, multiple subject and education specialist credentials. There are no fees charged to participate. Induction program candidates and mentors are required to complete a candidate commitment form.

Required Forms

TIP Participant Acknowledgement of Policies and Procedures
TIP Request Form

Enrollment will be completed via our learning management system. Candidates will receive more information from the TIP Coordinator upon completion of the TIP Request Form. Mentor enrollment information is included in the mentor confirmation sent by the TIP Coordinator.

Early Completion Option

In accordance with CTC Induction Preconditions, SBUSD makes an early completion option available. An electronic application must be submitted and supporting documentation provided. The Early Completion Option (ECO) is available for “experienced and exceptional” candidates who meet the following established criteria.

Candidates must:

  • Hold a California Preliminary single subject, multiple subject, or education specialist credential
  • Be employed in a California public school
  • Be able to document a minimum 3 years prior teaching experience as the teacher of record (Experience may include, but is not limited to completion of an intern program, teaching out of state, or other recent teaching experience.)
  • Be able to provide rigorous positive evaluations from prior teaching employment
  • Earn “Exceeds Expectations” on the initial ILP Rubric
  • Provide a recommendation from his/her TIP mentor following classroom observations
  • Sign ECO Letter of Commitment (in lieu of standard TIP Letter of Commitment)

This option is designed to acknowledge the skills of teachers who have previous teaching experience, such that the induction program may be completed in one year rather than two. Upon successful completion of all induction requirements, candidates will be recommended to CTC for a clear credential.

SBUSD’s Induction Program is responsible for determining if the ECO candidate has met all program requirements. The ECO candidate must demonstrate that s/he has the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies required of all teacher candidates who complete the full-length induction program. If the ECO candidate does not complete the program requirements and/or meet program deadlines, the Induction Coordinator may revoke the ECO status and the candidate will need to complete a second year of the program.

TIP Early Completion Option Application
TIP Early Completion Option Mentor Recommendation Form

Records & Transcripts

Santa Barbara Unified School District will use a web-based software application to track candidates’ academic units and program completion. Candidates will be able to access unofficial copies of their records via password-protected access. Official transcripts must be requested in writing from the Induction Program Coordinator.

Continuing Education Units

Via SBUSD’s partnership with UCSB Extension, program participants may purchase continuing education units for their work in Induction. Units vary based on participant status as a Year 1 or Year 2 Candidate or Mentor. Additional information is available in the learning management system. Questions can be directed to the TIP Coordinator.

TIP Grievance Process

Step 1: Informal Complaint Process

Every effort should be made to resolve a complaint at the earliest possible stage. Prior to instituting a formal, written complaint, the TIP participant shall first discuss the issue with the Induction Program Coordinator. Formal complaint procedures shall not be initiated until the TIP participant has first attempted to resolve the matter informally.

Step 2: Formal Complaint Process

If the matter cannot be resolved through the informal process, then the complainant may file a written complaint with the Induction Program Coordinator within 60 days of the act or event which is the subject of the complaint. If a TIP participant fails to file a written complaint within 60 days, the complaint shall be considered settled on the basis of the answer given at the preceding step. Within 10 working days of receiving the complaint, the Induction Program Coordinator shall conduct any necessary investigation and meet with the complainant in an effort to resolve the complaint. Within five working days after the meeting, s/he shall prepare and send a written response to the complainant.

Step 3: District Level Appeal

If a complaint has not been satisfactorily resolved at Step 2, the complainant may file the written complaint with the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources or designee within five working days of receiving the written response from the Teacher Induction Program Coordinator. The complainant shall include all information presented to the immediate supervisor or principal at Step 2. Within 10 working days of receiving the complaint, the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources or designee shall conduct any necessary investigation, including reviewing the investigation and written response by the Induction Program Coordinator at Step 2, and shall meet with the complainant in an effort to resolve the complaint. Within five working days after the meeting, s/he shall prepare and send a written response to the complainant.

Step 4: Appeal to the Governing Board

If a complaint has not been satisfactorily resolved at Step 3, the complainant may file a written appeal to the Board within five working days of receiving the Assistant Superintendent’s response. All information presented at Steps 1, 2, and 3 shall be included with the appeal, and the Assistant Superintendent shall submit to the Board a written report describing attempts to resolve the complaint and the district’s response.

The Board may uphold the findings by the Assistant Superintendent without hearing the complaint or the Board may hear the complaint at a regular or special Board meeting. The hearing shall be held in closed session if the complaint relates to matters that may be addressed in closed session in accordance with law.

cf. 9321 – Closed Session Purposes and Agendas

The Board shall make its decision within 30 days of the hearing and shall send its decision to all concerned parties. The Board’s decision shall be final.

cf. 1312.1 Complaints Concerning District Employees or Policies

cf. 4144 Complaints

Mission Statement

The mission of the Teacher Induction Program (TIP) for the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) is to ensure that the practice of our public education teachers has significant and positive impact on public schools student achievement.

SBUSD’s vision is to provide new educators with a high-quality individualized, job-embedded system of mentoring, support, and professional learning, grounded in current research and effective practices, which is integrated with ongoing timely support from experienced and knowledgeable mentor teachers.

TIP Contacts

Roxanna Stern, Induction Program Coordinator
(805) 963-4338 x6272

Ann Peak, Credential Analyst
(805) 963-4338 x6266